BOSTON (AP) - The way Mike Aviles hit as Jacoby Ellsbury's replacement in the lineup, the Red Sox didn't have to worry about the leadoff spot.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - As athletic director Jeff Long walked out of the room after telling Arkansas' players that Bobby Petrino had been fired Thursday evening, a void in leadership had already formed.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Michael Brantley had one hit in 17 at-bats during Cleveland's season-opening homestand. One measly hit.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 2
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt once before and the Saints have decided to do it again.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas finally get to play a home opener for the Kansas City Royals.
HAYS (AP) - Officials at Fort Hays State University have issued their first statement on the weekend arrests of five basketball players following a weekend fight.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and his mistress exchanged more than 4,300 text messages and nearly 300 phone calls over the past seven months - on game days, before dawn and even as the police report that hastened his downfall was being released to the public, according to a review of his business cellphone records by The Associated Press.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Nothing new for Jonny Gomes getting hit by a pitch to win a game in extra innings. Strangely, it happened to him just last season when he was plunked by Brad Lidge to hand the Washington Nationals a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
NATIONALS 4, METS 0
DENVER (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was helped off the floor by medical personnel after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from JaVale McGee when the Nuggets center went up for a shot on Wednesday night.
WACO, Texas (AP) - The NCAA put Baylor on three years of probation Wednesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the basketball teams.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Danny Duffy pitched six sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night.
MIAMI (AP) - A contrite Ozzie Guillen sat in the heart of Little Havana seeking forgiveness for what the Miami Marlins manager called the biggest mistake of his life - saying he admired Fidel Castro.
DETROIT - Dave Dombrowski's latest trade also felt like one of his most predictable.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp.
With no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's Team USA basketball roster.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.
PERIGUEUX, France - Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France and two Frenchmen will join him on the podium after a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made.
CHICAGO - Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers could handle a throw home and the Kansas City Royals beat Chicago 2-1 Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer's disease.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.
The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.
CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
CHICAGO - About the only pitch that Chris Sale wouldn't make Monday night was his case for the American League's Cy Young Award.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off a two-win season that led to the ouster of the general manager and coach, and the turnover of roughly half the roster.